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Philippine Scene #1 - Ice Skating in the Philippines

Updated on October 14, 2011

Bored of the heavy rain outside the Mall of Asia, the third largest mall in the region, I became curious of the yelling and the whizzing sounds that emanated below the mezzanine of the mall.

Right there before my eyes was the indoor skating rink, where all sort of ice skating enthusiasts were perfecting their form in order to enjoy this winter sport.

No so long ago, when athletes of this tropical country, Philippines, also eye for joining winter sports, like in figure skating.

Now,with the help of technology, as the ice maker turn the court into an artificially ice-laden environ, ice skaters pay their entrance fee and try their level of ice worthiness on ice skating.

Amusement enveloped me as I observed different kinds of scenario inside the skating rink. Excluding myself, or maybe I've been imaging that I was one of them, I was able to distinguish the newbies or amateurish moves from the professional athletes practicing during that rainy afternoon (October 12, 2011).

I've seen ice skating coaches teaching those athletes (from children to adult) execute their routines.

You can laugh at some maritime students starting to wobble their feet as their skating shoes were awkwardly positioned on ice.

I know , you'll be laughing at me when I pay for my first venture on ice skating. But allow me to share with you those recorded scenes on this hub.

Tropical islanders of this country are dreamers of Winter Christmas. Well, it's not so dumb to realize one of this dreams, at the skating rink.

Scenes in the skating rink at the Mall of Asia, Pasay City, PH

Learning how to do Ice Skating (All photos by Travel Man, Oct. 12, 2011)
Learning how to do Ice Skating (All photos by Travel Man, Oct. 12, 2011)
Ice skating coach teaching his student
Ice skating coach teaching his student
Filipinos taking the time to ice skate
Filipinos taking the time to ice skate
Professional skaters on pratice
Professional skaters on pratice
Travel Man posing with the ice skating rink at the backdraft
Travel Man posing with the ice skating rink at the backdraft

What's inside the Ice Skating Rink?

Before indulging on this kind of ice sport, as in figure skating, speed skating or just ice skating, a beginner or an athlete should know the basics of the discipline, the attire and apparels needed coupled with the strong will and desire to excel.

It's somewhat expensive owning a pair of skating shoes and other gadget in order to perfect the game. It's also expensive when you sustain series of injuries during your competitive life in this sport.

I'm not a self-confessed guru on this kind of winter sports, but I'm joining the wagon of Filipinos that are interested to know ice skating better. It's not only the sport for the wealthy ones but even ordinary people can afford this by just frequenting the public skating rinks at the malls.

People always pause, cluster or compress in order to watch children skating, teenagers getting dozes of cold ice bumps and matured people rekindling their interest on how to live in a snowy environment, for a while.

It takes courage to follow the step-by-step procedure on how to skate as you enter the skating rink.

Just don't be afraid to ask someone who works at the skating rink about the do's and dont's inside the area.

As you hear the yell of the coach on how to put your hands on your lap, taking a dip position, and push yourself in order to advance, accept the fact that you will fall.

Ice frost and scratches will be just an ordinary hitches if you want to excel in this field.You can have a BIG laugh if you see me joining the beginners afraid of moving their feet while trembling holding one of the railings of the icy oval.



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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Raul King: Thank you for this first-hand information.

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      Raul King 3 years ago

      There was an ice skating rink in Cubao during the mid 60's.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Express10: Thanks for appreciating our latest craze here in the Philippines-a tropical country with people who love ice skating. :D

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      H C Palting 6 years ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed your hub, particularly the video. It is always nice to see other skaters enjoying the sport.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Three weeks had passed again, I've been busy mending and tweaking my existing hubs.

      Nevertheless, I am grateful with fellow hubbers who visited this hub and left posts for me to read and appreciate.

      @anjperez - I never tried skating at the MOA rink, but kept on watching those kids and adults gawking, sliding and doing fancy moves on ice.

      @earthbound1974 - I'm sure you'll learn the ropes of skating soon.

      @Arian Rey - The management also added hockey as the sport discipline of the future in the Philippine setting.

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      Arian Rey 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      Gone are the days when we could just die of envy because we cannot do ice skating here in the Philippines. With this extreme sport getting Filipino youth in worldwide contests and winning as well, there will come a time that those major sports in Winter Olympics will be grabbed by tropical countries, like ours.

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      earthbound1974 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      This is really cool, travel man. I hope I can learn how to skate on ice, too.

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      anjperez 6 years ago

      back in our days, we were going to SM megamall and sta lucia just to ice skate... it was fun, it was exciting. people should enjoy this at the safety of a tropical environment. because although snow is fun to look at, not good to be always at.. it's freakin' cold that your toes and fingers can't even move.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Admiral_Joraxxx: Thanks for noticing this. It's fun to watch Filipinos having their time inside the skating rink. It's a blast!

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      Admiral_Joraxx 6 years ago from Philippines

      Yeah! This experience is really great! I've also been there before Travelman =). Nice post about the ice skating ring. 1 vote up!